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Benda Bilili (Not Rated)

Lingala and French with English subtitles

The documentary Benda Bilili! tells the amazing story of a ragtag group of homeless and handicapped African musicians who see their dreams come true. Ricky has a dream: to make Staff Benda Bilili the best band in Congo. Roger, a street child, more than ever wants to join these stars of the ghetto, who get around in customized tricycles. Together, they must avoid the pitfalls of the street, stay united and find the force to hope in music. Spanning five years, from the first rehearsals to their triumph at international festivals, Benda Bilili! ("beyond appearances") is the story of this dream becoming a reality. French filmmakers Renaud Barret and Florent de La Tullaye discovered the revolutionary and politically active Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili, financed their first album and followed them on their long road towards a better life as professional musicians.